Whiteout Wit - Anchorage Brewing Company
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Reviews by lacqueredmouse:
4.55/5 rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
A witbier brewed with brett? Awesome, where do I sign up? Right here?? That's brilliant. Bottle purchased from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA. My first brew from Anchorage.
Heavily agitated bottle to release as much sediment as possible. Beer pours an extremely light coloured, and somewhat hazy yellow, with a frothy and lively head of pure white. I feel as though the latter parts of the pour would be cloudier, but even as it is, it gets a pleasant opacity to it. I love the colour, the lightness, and the head. It looks very refined, and bang-on target stylistically.
Nose.... hooee, there's the brett coming through, with a big funky barnyard acidity giving a freshness to the overtones of mild orange and lemon, but blending them with organics, raw and brusque. Wow, there's something wild and unrelenting in this nose, and to be fair, it probably overtakes the classic witbier characters. But still, these manage to get an influence; enough for me to say that this is a witbier taken to a strange new place.
Taste is similar, with a really pleasant smooth palate of almost fragrant vanilla, layered with oodles of funk and tart citric acidity. Mild husky bitterness peeks its head up in the mid palate, before the almost creamy oak characters come through and smooth it all out. It's spicy, smooth, tart, creamy, bright, mellow—all of these things in a gorgeously paradoxical whole.
Feel is beautiful. Light enough to quaff, but sublimely smooth.
Oh hell yeah. This is one awesome beast of a beer. It's truly a witbier, but brewed with panache and just a hint of cheekiness. All the characters work so well within the style: the funk, the acidity, the mellow oak. But what it delivers ultimately is greater than all of this: a beer which matches and yet transcends its stylistic boundaries.
I love beers like this. Beers that push the boundaries, and which do it with such poise, sophistication and style. As for Anchorage Brewing Company? I only have to give a warning to Jolly Pumpkin—your awesome, to-style, funk-laden alchemy has a new competitor.
Serving type: bottle
10-14-2011 01:38:39 | More by lacqueredmouse
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4.26/5 rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
750 ml bottle was poured into a tulip.
Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin puffy layer. It is a golden straw yellow with great clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.
Smell: Funky barnyard, apple, pear, oak, vanilla, spices, and chardonnay grapes.
Taste: Oak, vanilla, spices, bretty funk, barnyard, apple, pear, chardonnay grapes, and wheaty malt.
Mouthfeel: A little chewy, smooth, a little funky, light bodied, medium to high carbonation, and very drinkable.
Overall: This was a solid funky witbier. Delicious and balanced. I enjoyed this beer a lot.
Serving type: bottle
11-28-2013 20:40:31 | More by Flounder57
3.25/5 rDev -18.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
Batch #2 Mar/2012.
Poured about half in a mug and the other half in a snifter:
A: hazy yellow colored body, two finger white foamy head in the mug, one finger and a half white foamy head in the snifter both die at the same pace into the body in about a minute, both have the same amount of light lacing on the sides of the glass
S: it seems to be a bit stonger in the snifter (weird, well, I only poured some in the mug for proper glassware etiquette), anyways, what I get is a little bit of hops, spice and lemon peel, light peppercorns all meld together pretty good
T: slightly bitter initially, but after letting it warm for a good three minutes, there is a slight sweet element coming out, no wheat is tasted throughout the entire beer, wine like aftertaste, dry bitter finish
M: it drinks like wine and is light in body, carbonation is pretty smooth (probably because I'm having this fairly old), carbonation is different for the style but that could be because of the aging in the Chardonnay barrels
O: not really a witbier by true style, but I'm realizing this is Anchorage. Kudos to them for trying something different. Since I'm not really a wine drinker, I really don't think I'd have this again, but will recommend if you like wine
Serving type: bottle
10-26-2013 21:33:10 | More by BeerKangaroo
Whiteout Wit from Anchorage Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 283 ratings.